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Cucumber Raita


Cucumber Raita 青瓜乳酪 is a popular Indian side dish that offers a cooling and refreshing contrast to the bold and spicy flavors of Indian cuisine. Made with crisp cucumber, creamy yogurt, and a blend of aromatic spices, this simple yet flavorful accompaniment is a perfect complement to biryanis, kebabs, and other spicy dishes. Whether you’re looking for a palate cleanser or a creamy dip, cucumber raita is sure to tantalize your taste buds with its cool and creamy goodness.

Recipe for Cucumber Raita:


– 1 medium-sized cucumber, peeled and grated

– 1 cup plain yogurt (preferably Greek yogurt)

– 1/4 teaspoon roasted cumin powder

– 1/4 teaspoon chaat masala (optional)

– A pinch of black salt (kala namak)

– A pinch of black pepper powder

– Fresh coriander leaves, chopped (for garnish)


  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk the yogurt until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add the grated cucumber to the yogurt and mix well.
  3. Sprinkle roasted cumin powder, chaat masala (if using), black salt, and black pepper powder over the mixture. Stir to combine all the flavors.
  4. Taste the raita and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  5. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves for added freshness and visual appeal.
  6. Refrigerate the cucumber raita for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  7. Serve chilled cucumber raita as a side dish or dip alongside your favorite Indian meals.


– For a creamy and indulgent twist, you can add a tablespoon of fresh cream or sour cream to the raita.

– For a tangy kick, squeeze a little lemon juice into the raita before serving.

– To enhance the crunch, you can add finely chopped onions or grated carrots to the raita.


Cucumber raita is a versatile and refreshing side dish that adds a delightful contrast to spicy Indian cuisine. Its creamy texture, combined with the coolness of cucumber and the tanginess of yogurt, makes it a perfect accompaniment to balance the flavors of a meal. Whether you’re enjoying a spicy biryani, a tangy curry, or simply looking for a healthy and flavorful dip, cucumber raita is a must-try. With this easy recipe, you can create a bowl of refreshing cucumber raita in no time and elevate your dining experience with its cool and creamy deliciousness.

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